Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar schools celebrate World Book Day

PUBLISHED: 16:52 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:52 07 March 2016

Pupils from St Philip Howard School dressed up for World Book Day

Pupils from St Philip Howard School dressed up for World Book Day

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Youngsters across Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar became some of their favourite literary characters for World Book Day.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times’ photographic team visited more than 20 primary schools that marked the day last Thursday, declared by UNESCO to encourage everybody to discover the joys of burying yourself in a good book.

Some schools organised visits from popular authors, such as Tamsyn Murray, who spoke to pupils at Oakmere Primary School, in Potters Bar.

Traditionalists will be pleased to see that pupils looked further back in time than JK Rowling and Star Wars, drawing inspiration from Mary Poppins, first published in 1934, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which has been delighting readers of all ages since 1865.

Barbara Young, headteacher of Essendon Primary School, said: “We thought it was so important we would do it for a week, not just a day.

“We focussed on one particular author, Anthony Browne, and talked about different aspects of his books.

”He does beautiful illustrations, which look quite simple at first, but are actually very complex.”

The school organised activities based on his works, such as making “worry dolls”.

* See Wednesday’s Welwyn Hatfield Times for a 24-page World Book Day supplement.

Pictures in our World Book Day 2016 supplement will be available to buy from Monday, March 14, and prices are discounted to £7, inc p&p.

To order pictures, visit www.whtimes.co.uk/myphotos24 from Monday, March 14.

For more information, contact Hazel Sellers on 01473 324594.

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